A healthy food that can do all you want it to

chia

Chia seeds are a super food.

What makes the seeds such a super food? And how can they help out on the road?

Well, they are a very rich source of protein, healthy fats, dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. All this in teeny tiny seeds. Chia seeds are very high in omega 3, which are the good fats that are so beneficial for us. They can benefit by lowering triglycerides and supporting healthy cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure and heart disease, they have anti-inflammatory activity, liver-protective properties, anti-diabetic action, protection against arthritis, autoimmune disease and cancer, and may promote weight loss and reduce risk of chronic disease.

One of the reasons that they may help with weight loss is their ability to absorb many times their weight in water, which gives you that full feeling faster. Because of absorbing tons of water, you should take care to either sprinkle them on your food or put them in a smoothie or recipe and drink plenty of water with them.

Another wonderful trait of chia are that they have a long shelf life and don’t need refrigerating. How much better can this get???
They have a very mild flavor and can be put on or in just about anything that you can imagine. I like sprinkling them on my salad and putting them in smoothies. My favorite way of all to eat them is to make “chia banana pudding.”

Here is how I do it: (Sorry, I never measure.)

I put a couple of table spoons of chia in a bowl and add about a cup or so of almond or coconut milk (vanilla unsweetened). Stir REALLY well. Let the mixture sit for 15 to 30 minutes until it has a pudding consistency. While waiting, I coat some pecans with a little bit of honey and then sprinkle a little cinnamon over them to coat. Sometimes I chop them up and sometimes I just throw them in whole. I also smash up a banana in another bowl with a fork. When the time is up I mix it all together and oh! is it good and very filling!! This is totally a sweet tooth treat to take the place of the bad stuff. You know what I am talking about!

Here are some more yummy recipe ideas that I found. I can’t wait to try them.

Most grocery stores have it nowadays. Why are you not trying this? Chia seeds = fun – easy – nutritious – food

 

Carolyn O’Byrne

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Himalayan pink salt vs table salt

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Himalayan pink salt is thought to be the purest form of salt available, containing 84 minerals.  These many minerals can assist with nutritional attainment, as well as hydration.  Because of these minerals Himalayan pink salt can compensate for the low nutritional value of our present food intake.  We need all the help we can get!  Although it is still a form of sodium, it is not refined and is high in nutrients, if used in correct quantities.  More info about the benefits of pink salt

Table salt, on the other hand, is a different story and is often made from an oil byproduct.  Here is some good information that I found on this topic.

Eating processed foods (fast food or packaged) will give us an overabundance of table salt which is laden with sodium.  These unhealthy food preservatives and flavor enhancers are hard to regulate.  These foods are mostly convenience foods and are made as cheaply as possible with little or no nutrients.  All the table salt and additives are needed just to make it taste decent.  This stacks the negative health odds against us. In a word YUCK!

Natural foods won’t contain artificial flavors and are actually very healthy for us and wonderfully delicious plain.  But, for an alternative flavor burst sprinkle your meals with some delicious Himalayan salt.  Try something new!

Carolyn O’Byrne

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